Mr Snowman is not amused. — Melanie Franz

Winter is here and a storm warning is on for tomorrow. I think this will be my Christmas card for this year. What do you think?

via Mr Snowman is not amused. — Melanie Franz


Is it not interesting that some members of some small rural communities, who express concern at the impact on local schools, housing, health facilities and other local services, that placing an Asylum seekers reception centre for a large number of people, relative to the actual size of the local population in their locality, are branded Racist. By various self-serving politicians, media personalities and those with vested interests in these matters. Now surely a Racist is a person who is of the belief that another person is less of a human being on the basis of that other person’s racial origins, culture and background?   Want a good example of this attitude, look up the Punch cartoons on the Irish. Are Irish people really of this belief?

Meanwhile, In Dublin’s fair city, Politicians, Business people and some local residents object to the locating of a facility for homeless men, on the basis that doing so will lower the tone of the area, and some of these homeless men will resort to begging, to the distress of all the said complainants.  And guess what the facility for homeless men is cancelled!!! No one is even suggesting anything like calling those complainants, self-serving snobs or Racist!

Of course in all of these things wild accusations of someone else’s motives and behaviour, conveniently ignores that at the root of both these issues is the failure of our so-called democratic society to provide for all its citizens’ basic human rights. Notice we do not specifically blame the current government but the system operated by multiple interests.

Have the HSE. Temple Street Children’s Hospital, Abbott Ireland & United Drug Distributors Ireland Ltd. Played a double Whammy with a new twist on the old “Three-card trick?”





The photos you see here were forwarded to the word on the street, by one of our readers. A young lady whose 15-month-old baby is attending Temple Street Children’s Hospital, for a failure to thrive condition. This young lady and her partner were given to understand that some samples of suitable dietary supplements for trial would be delivered to their home by a delivery service.

The couple, of course, was delighted when they saw a reputable delivery company’s van, pull up outside their gate, and the driver approaching their front door with three boxes in his arms. Upon opening each of the three boxes, the couple were stunned and bemused by the boxes contents. Each box measured 15cm in height x 19cm in width x 29cm in length, so each individual box is large enough to contain 6 x 500ml bottles.

So, what did each box contain?  Well the first box is shown here on the left contained 3 x 200ml bottles of dietary supplement, the second box being shown here in the middle contained 2 x 100ml of dietary supplement and the third box being shown here on the right contained, contained  ONE SINGLE SHEET of an A4 sized information pamphlet  on the contents of the other two boxes. You might notice each individual box says, “FRAGILE” including the one containing the ONE SINGLE SHEET OF A4!!!!!!

In essences, 800 ml of the supplementary dietary trial samples and one single A4 information pamphlet were packed and dispatched for delivery in packaging more suited and designed to contain NINE LITRES, more than 9 times greater than 800ml plus one A4 information pamphlet!!   Did somebody say something about over expenditure by the HSE, who presumably are paying somebody for this kind of wasteful and exploitative behaviour by some private companies dealing with the HSE? One is also given to wondering how our environmentally concerned groups view this wanton waste of resources?

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POLLY PUT THE KETTLE ON. During a recent visit to a friend’s house during the boil water notice arising because of problems with the Leixlip plant, I noticed while sitting at the kitchen table, awaiting the offered cup of coffee, that my friend had two white electric kettles on the kitchen countertop. Naturally, in the interest of research, I asked my friend why this was so? Well, my friend said it was their way of dealing with two problems. First was the current boil water notice and the second was the issue of Limescale build up in the electic kettle, especially around the difficult to clean electric element in the kettle. My friend informed me that Tesco sells the white kettles that I was looking at, for 9euro each and Lemon juice for less than three euro, a total cost for the two kettles and the lemon juice of 22euro. Now what my friend was doing in killing two birds with one stone, was to leave the soiled kettle standing full with lemon juice and water to clean, then switching kettles around, to always have a clean one. On checking the kettle that had been cleaned this way, I was amazed at how bright, shiny new and clean the inside of the kettle was!! I thought this was a brilliant, inexpensive solution. What do you think readers, any comments or similar tips to share?


An interesting observation from one of the word on the street, readers. Given all the modern concerns about children’s school lunches in respect of the health value issues around the contents of the school lunch box our reader wonders how many concerned and aware parents place oral hygiene equipment in their children’s lunch boxes?

Any other readers like to comment on this subject of oral hygiene awareness for the school lunch box?